Councilwoman Pam Mount
Pam Mount is owner and operator of Terhune Orchards with husband Gary. Since buying Terhune Orchards in 1975, Pam and Gary along with their three children have built this local community resource into a prosperous fruit and vegetable farm of 200 acres. The farm grows over 35 difference crops (fruits and vegetables from apples to zucchini), has a farm market open year round, bakery and cider mill.
Pam and Gary have been honored for marketing and progressive agricultural practices (Gary was named National Apple Grower of the Year in 2005), environmental conservation, and community activism. Terhune Orchards hosts a number of farm festivals each year, which attract people from all over the region. Wassailing in January, Kite Day in May, Blueberry Bash in June, Apple Day in September and Fall Festival each weekend in October highlight the fun and attraction of family farms. School tours bring 10,000 children each year to the farm for educational tours. A steady customer base that shops weekly all year round sustains the farm. Festivals and special events swell the number of visitors, now over 500,000 a year.
Pam was elected to Lawrence Township Council in 1999 and in 2003 and served as Mayor in 2001 and 2005. She is active in many town concerns including land preservation, open space, environmental resource protection, affordable housing, business development, land use and redevelopment, transportation/traffic issues, and arts, cultural and historic activities.
Pam has been an active community volunteer, serving on many Boards. She has served as President of the Princeton YWCA, President of the N.J. Agricultural Society, and was Chair of Artworks, a visual arts school and gallery in Trenton.
Pam serves on the Executive Committee of the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to plan and build a 20-mile off-road trail through Lawrence and Hopewell townships corporate campuses, parks, and schools. The bike trail project combines and highlights many of her interests, from healthy living to community development and good land use.
Pam founded the Lawrence Community Foundation and served as its Chair for three years. The Foundation Supports non-profit organizations in Lawrence and hosts a "community conversation" (town meeting) once a year. The community conversation in 2005, "The greening of Lawrence Township", sparked so much interest that she and others have started a town-wide 'Sustainable Lawrence' effort using the "Natural Steps" process.